Should parents monitors children's online activities?
I definitely support such software. The 21st Century has become a place where children won't know what they are getting themselves into. Parents should take extra responsibility to provide their children a safe childhood. The internet is filled with everything and anything, it's just the matter of what is being looked up. If taken care, children can gain lots of knowledge which will happen them enhance life.
Sravya Nagalakunta, The Indian High school
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With the rise of the new technologies, emerge various smartphones that are a real addiction to most of the children. Though smartphones can be used for a good purpose most of the children are utilising them in a negative manner. It makes communication easier, helps in locating adventures and many things. But most of the children get addicted to cyberbullying, addictive games and many other hazardous activities which may have a direct impact on the minds of young children. For having control over these issues parents must monitor their kids occasionally.
Arun Sinnamari, Our Own English High School, Fujairah
A major research has proved that a majority of parents have personally monitored their teen's web history or social media profile, but fewer use parental controls or tracking tools. Apple has installed a built-in 'Screen Time' which will help parents in restricting apps and websites, and also monitoring how much time they have spent on their device. There are other apps - Mobicip, which is paid (premium) but is really helpful, as it transforms your web browser into a simpler, and more filtered one. Nishchint is another application that not only monitors your kids' online activity but also literally everything they do on their cell phones. I would like to say that it is good to keep track of what your child is doing, but do not pressurise. Allow them a bit of freedom; as it makes them feel a bit responsible.
Tarun Rawat, GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail
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Gadgets and apps have somewhere broken the transparency bond between parents and children. The idea of parents using applications to keep track of mobile phone and online activity in their children's phones might at first seem to intrude privacy of children but then it gradually builds responsibility within children and strengthens the trust bond. I believe that children must be monitored so that they are secure and do not get into unhealthy or unsafe means. It is a way to prevent any mishaps and will ensure time management in the lives of children. Apple's this change will encourage building real-life relationships and a secure environment for children.
Hurairah Faatimah Muzammil, GEMS Our Own English School Dubai
An application to keep track of online activity in children's phones can help parents to lock phones and app, regulate screen time etc. is the perfect solution. This app can help children from being a bait for all the cyber criminals as parents can monitor their child's online activity. It can also reduce their distraction and addiction to online games while increasing their concentration towards academics and time for physical exercise. Apple is releasing its IOS 12 will have a built-in feature called Screen Time. This might be the perfect solution to a crisis that is slowly but steadily spreading its tentacles in the modern world.